Drugs and Medicines

Proposed legislation will fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic

Consumers need to think twice before clicking "purchase" on an internet pharmacy's site.

Interpol regulators and law enforcement agencies from around the world recently conducted a major sweep of online pharmacies. During the course of one week in mid-September, Interpol seized more than 25 million illicit and counterfeit medications — or $51 million worth — and made 400 arrests worldwide. It also shut down more than 3,500 illegal online pharmacies, including some selling pain pills laced with fentanyl. Illegal trafficking and abuse of this powerful opioid is killing tens of thousands of teenagers and adults in the United States each year.

This operation demonstrates...